Archive | October, 2015

Protest

30 Oct
“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
I believe in right to dissent. It is very important to tolerate people who hold contrary position to our own. I have been dismayed in recent times about events in my country. I am disappointed with the current dispensation. I remember journalist Vinod Mehta today who had somehow always hinted at possible lack of tolerance for secularism from the right and same as non negotiable.  The curious need for enforcing unitary eating habits or sedition legislation. Loss of lives for eating. What is this?
Let’s start at the beginning. Arvind Subramanian the chief economic advisor has been quoted in more than one interview  saying” The economist wife asks him ”  Honey do you love me”  he responds ” Relative to what” “. So relative to last government, this government has made a promising start.  The determination and resolve to succeed is apparent. Though no great
policy steps have been announced. There is no question about competence or legitimacy of government. They have a handsome mandate. That should make them gracious. But the bluster seems to be permanent. Thus far its been great salesmanship, electioneering and cow.I hope the government becomes gracious and inclusive gets to real political discourse and engagement rather than having a permanent disregard for an opposing view. The opposing congress party has really ceded space and they have been dismal. They must get their act together and rebuild as a credible force. This is important for Indian democracy.

I have nothing more to say and join hands with writers, film maker’s, scientist‘s and historian’s to safe guard secularism and right to dissent.

Please see the following news stories from Scroll.in

” Why I am returning my national film award : Anand Patwardhan”

National awards have always meant a lot to me. They were more precious than International awards and awards from private institutions precisely they represented those rare moments when the government of India became willing to uphold the spirit of our secular, socialist and democratic Constitution.Today this spirit is evaporating. Our nation is at a crossroads. On one side is the secular path that our freedom fighters laid out for us and on the other, the path towards majoritarian fascism that the present regime seems bent upon. I am not saying we are already a fascist state. I am saying that the early warning signs are unmistakable….”

For more : http://scroll.in/article/765632/why-i-returned-my-national-film-award-anand-patwardhan

“Full Text: Padma-winning scientists protest ‘a rash of bigoted acts “

The scientific community is deeply concerned with the climate of intolerance, and the ways in which science and reason are being eroded in the country.

It is the same climate of intolerance, and rejection of reason that has led to the lynching in Dadri of Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi and the assassinations of Prof Kalburgi, Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Shri Govind Pansare. All three fought against superstition and obscurantism to build a scientific temper in our society. Prof Kalburgi was a renowned scholar and an authority on the Vachana literature associated with the 12th-century reformer Basava, who opposed institutionalised religion, caste and gender discrimination. Similarly, Dr Dabholkar and Shri Pansare promoted scientific temper through their fight against superstition and blind faith.

The Indian Constitution in Article 51 A (h) demands, as a part of the fundamental duties of the citizens, that we ‘…develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform’. Unfortunately, what we are witnessing instead is the active promotion of irrational and sectarian thought by important functionaries of the government. ”

“Current regime wants a ‘legislated history’: 53 leading historians decry ‘vitiated atmosphere’ “
After concerned at the highly vitiated atmosphere prevailing in the country, characterised by various forms of intolerance, we, as academic historians and as responsible citizens of a democracy that has greatly valued its inherited traditions of tolerance, wish to express our anguish and protest about the prevailing conditions.Differences of opinion are being sought to be settled by using physical violence. Arguments are met not with counter arguments but with bullets. When a poor man is suspected to have kept a food item that certain sections do not approve of, his fate is nothing short of death by lynching. At the launch of a book whose author happens to be from a country disapproved of by certain groups, the organizer is disfigured with ink thrown on his face. And when it is hoped that the Head of Government will make a statement about improving the prevailing conditions, he chooses to speak only about general poverty; and it takes the Head of the State to make the required reassuring statement, not once but twice. When writer after writer is returning their award of recognition in protest, no comment is made about the conditions that caused the protest; instead the ministers call it a paper revolution and advise the writers to stop writing. This is as good as saying that intellectuals will be silenced if they protest. ”

Irrational and sectarian thought is no good. I believe in secularism. I am a believer and wish the same space for all religions and communities. I hope the government gets gracious and fulfills it’s promise. The disregard and sneer must go. I hope corrective steps are taken quickly and deliberately.
Think about this. Scroll. in is really refreshing addition to Indian media with good quality content and perspectives.
Goodnight friends!
Love, Suresh

Walking..

29 Oct

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”
― Soren Kierkegaard

This is so very true. I love walking and have always walked through and away from troubles. At the least it tires you and makes your worries smaller. Palatable. You can do something about it. My friend and me shared this habit and we would go for long walks. Now I walk alone.

Today morning as was coming back from walk saw my brother on the road walking. I felt happy. When meet my brother on the road walking. I realised am successful. I came home and my mother gave me tea and told me ” I am going for a walk downstairs.”. When my brother and mother go for a walk. I feel happy and successful.

I actually ran today. As long as stick to a personal routine : chant, walk, read or run. Something. I feel content and yes when see my mother and brother walking feel happy and successful. It has taken a long time to get there. Keep walking my friends and smiling 🙂

Have a good day!

Love, Suresh

Video

Ustaad Raees Khan & Abida Parveen : Mein Sufi Hoon ( Coke Studio Pakistan)

27 Oct

I am listening to this today and want to share this for you dear friends..

Sitar & sufi song..

The great artists mesmerize with their virtuoso talent, talent is a feeble word, they are sublime..

” When my ego was there, then the awareness of god was not , Now the awareness of god is there, there is no ” me”…”

Hope you like this sufi song from the excellent Coke Studio Pakistan.

Goodnight friends!

Love, Suresh

Me -16/10/2015

24 Oct


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Iam my own subject. My post’s are my journey, a tiny speck in this infinite universe, baffled by existence and humbled by kindness of friends. I have known savagery of human but it is love and kindness which drives me, more pictures my friends..

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For my friends who live far away and who are always in my heart. My friends always remind me to smile. And for those interested in my posts and my humble existence..

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Many times am not in grace and suffer, infallibly fallible, equally capable of joy and happiness. I believe men and women are equals. My problem is a bout of mouth ulcers. If you know any wholistic cure please let me know..

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I wish you love and kindness.  I hope we meet somewhere soon..

Today doing bike ( cycle) round in the city was wondering about the courage of people who go on world trips on a mere bike. I had  read about a Irishwoman’s Dervla Murphy’s bike trip from Ireland to India and she has written a book ” Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle“. There are many such brave people. They inspire me.

This for today my friends! Yes hope we meet somewhere soon..

Have a nice weekend!

Love, Suresh

A missed friend..

23 Oct

My most generous hearted and kind friend had sent me for a course last year in Mumbai. I came back a better person. My friend knowing me well that can be both shy and reclusive had reminded me to stay in touch with coursemates.

He called me and spoke to me. He was kind & gentle unlike the religious marketeers had met. I mistook him for the course evangelists. He told me about his background in a gentle manner. He was both a academic and Information technoloy professional. I asked him my queries from the course in the only conversation we had and he had shared a insight. I had readily agreed. I promised to meet him. I got busy in new work. I was finally ready to meet him last week and sent a message after ten months. I got a response. I sent another persistent message. Iam persistent by default. I know its not good sometimes. Life has been hard and made me persistent. This time got a response from his wife : introducing herself and saying the gentleman had passed away last month. I was stunned and deeply apologized. I never met the good soul. I was ready too late. I will remember you always for the insight and your gentleness Vijay!  Thank you for reaching out to me. I will regret not meeting you. Iam sad. Good Bye !

This for today..

Love, Suresh

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Shujaat Hussain Khan – Main Tere Ishq Main

21 Oct

Sitar and a hindi song…

Iam a fan of Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan’s singing and playing…

I realised life is wonderful because of women and girl child, luckily had sisters, friends and a niece now..

This for the girl child. Hope you have a good day dear friends.

Love, Suresh

Virender Sehwag

20 Oct

“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”
― Lady Gaga

This is probably the only cricket post will do save  a human interest story or a Virender Sehwag. I must concede loved the game as much as every body in my country as a child. I played with my friends with lot of enjoyment. I like it less and less. I like other sports. It is cricket though which is religion in my country. The English have permanently left their bats, balls, stumps and all those guards and the subcontinent has embraced it with open hearts, legs and limbs. Chuck my rant. Let’s celebrate Virender Sehwag as a metaphor – Simple, uncluttered and genius.

The only parallel to Virender Sehwag that comes to my mind was the great Sir Vivian Richards. I had seen the great West Indian cricketer play on television as a child the same brand of nonchalant brilliant cricket. They both seem centered. The eye and decision making precise. The power and effortless grace of the great WestIndian and the audacity and magic of Sehwag is perhaps unmatched in cricketing history. There must be other parallels.Yes Adam Gilchrist.

I believe the sign of brilliance is simplicity. Like Steve Jobs once said ““Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”. The uncluttered mind makes the best decision. It’s worth preserving a empty mind. That’s what master’s teach : meditation and stillness. To relax in the moment.

Does that mean there is no plan? Of couse not, ” the plan is to catch the ball early and hit it as hard as possible.” I think it’s a great plan. Every start up or a challenger must embrace it to break the odds and press forward. It takes courage. It is risk. It can fail. It is also the best route to unexpected success. The intelligence is embedded in the decision.  It is also to live and play with enjoyment. Like a child. Without fears. Free.

Angikaar Choudhury in a fine tribute in Scroll.in writes ” In Bon Jovi’s smash hit It’s My Life, the rock band pays tribute to Frank Sinatra by crooning, “Like Frankie said, I did it my way.” The song become a cultural anthem – that line especially became a clarion call to thousands across the world to live life according to their own terms.

What Bon Jovi did for music, Virender Sehwag did the same for cricket. Perhaps, it is coincidental but the last line of Sehwag’s retirement statement  on Tuesday runs on similar lines. “I also want to thank everyone for all the cricketing advice given to me over the years and I apologise for not accepting most of it!” he wrote. “I had a reason for not following it; I did it my way!”

For more on Scroll article :http://scroll.in/article/763714/confident-audacious-cocksure-viru-did-it-his-own-way-and-spread-joy-in-the-process

Virender Sehwag is what Malcolm Galdwell calls a ” Outlier.” May be he is symptomatic of a change maker. Virender Sehwag has certainly changed the dynamics of the game of cricket. To play the ball and not the bowler. I also liked his simple smartness he once said after he was given a man of match award for his bowling ( Yes he could bowl) in a one day game ” Captain ( Ganguly) ne bola dot ball dalo, toh meine batsmen ke toe par ball kiya” ( The captain told me not to give away runs, so focussed on bowling on batsmen’s toes.”. I think Virender Sehwag was a breath of fresh air for cricket. Sourav Ganguly must be lauded for noticing and giving opportunity to that talent. Ganguly was a superlative skipper.

A metaphor for courage, audacity and joy. I also feel the same zen like approach can master any subject or situation. To focus on present with a empty mind. What follows would be right understanding. If we think we know everything, even if it’s true, may not lead to right understanding. That is why like Virender Sehwag.

If man is judged by impact or consequence, Virender Sehwag is in  my opinion is the greatest cricketer that has ever come from India.

I would like to reiterate from the talismanic cricketer’s retirement statement

” I also want to thank everyone for all the cricketing advice given to me over the years and I apologise for not accepting most of it! I had a reason for not following it; I did it my way!”

For more: http://www.bcci.tv/news/2015/news/11327/virender-sehwags-retirement-statement

Do what your heart says dear friends. I must sleep now.

Goodnight friends and hope you have a good day!

Love, Suresh